The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, is probably one of the most popular members of Buhari’s cabinet, largely because of some controversial statements that have been credited to him. In the last few weeks, Mohammed has received backlashes from Nigerians because of some statements made by him.In this piece, INFORMATION NIGERIA reviewing the three times Lai Mohammed has been ridiculed over an information some Nigerians found untrue this December…
1. On Wednesday, Dec 2nd, Lai Mohammed, had assured Nigerians that the current fuel scarcity in the country would be over in a matter of days. Speaking when he paid a courtesy call on Daily Trust newspapers’ office in Abuja, the minister said the recent approval for the payment of subsidy funds by the National Assembly had brought an end to the fuel crisis. His words:
“We can confidently announce here today that the scarcity will end in a few days.
“The National Assembly has approved subsidy payment till the end of the year.
“As you know, we can’t spend money without approval.”
2. Again at the end of the federal executive council (FEC) meeting in Abuja on December 21st, while addressing state house correspondents, Lai Mohammed said the immediate past government failed to make adequate provision for fuel subsidy, hence they are to blame for the fuel scarcity being experienced now. His words:
“One of the reasons for the fuel scarcity is the inability of the last government to make adequate provision for fuel subsidy”
“We do face some other logistic problems but majorly, we are paying for the sins of the last administration.”
3. Just yesterday, Mr. Mohammed said the Nigerian military had met the December deadline to defeat the Boko Haram terrorists, in his words:
“Today, I can report that the war against Boko Haram is largely won. I can confidently say this because just recently, I led a group of 33 journalists from both the local and international media to the hot bed of the insurgency, that is, Maiduguri, Kondugua, Kaoure and Bama.
“Today, I can report to you that the entire 70 plus kilometres stretch from Maiduguri to Bama and all the way to Banki, which leads to Cameroun and the Central African Republic, are in the hands of our gallant troops.”
All these statements left the internet buzzing and many Nigerians took to different social media platform to disagree.